Monday, March 7, 2011

Who Likes Cupcakes? We Do! We Do!

Lemon Cupcakes with Citrus Icing

We're only weeks away from Spring right? We need to celebrate! Here's the recipe for the "I-made-these-from-scratch!" Lemon Cupcakes. They're so yummy. Enjoy!


1 2/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1  cup sugar
2  teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup safflower oil
2 eggs
1/3 cup fat-free milk
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
1  teaspoon lemon extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
2  tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.

2. To prepare the cupcakes: Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Combine the oil, eggs, milk, lemon juice, lemon zest, lemon extract, and vanilla extract in a separate bowl. Add to the flour mixture and stir until smooth.

3. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups and bake for 17 to 19 minutes or until lightly golden and the cupcakes are springy when gently touched. Place pan on a rack and let cool for 5 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the pan, transfer to the rack, and let cool completely.

4. To prepare the icing: Combine the confectioners' sugar, orange juice, and orange zest in a bowl and stir until smooth. Spread some of the glaze over each cupcake with a small spatula and let stand for at least 10 minutes before serving.


316 calories
3 g protein
45 g carbohydrates
15 g fat
1 g saturated fat
35 mg cholesterol
183 mg sodium
0.5 g fiber

55 MINUTES       12 SERVINGS        316 CALORIES

Recipe from: Flat Belly Diet Cookbook


  1. I'm not a big icing eater (I usually scrape it off), but these look delish!

  2. seriously!!!!! I have been overloaded with lemons here, and tried a new lemon drop cookie recipe. Sounds great, right? Tasted like play dough and gave them to Gator. This is next on my list. Oh, by the way, get the house warming gift ready :)!!!!!!!!

  3. My daughter received a muffin cookbook for Christmas and we have cooked several varieties. These looke scrummy and we will definitely be trying them out. Like the good things you have on your blog.

  4. My mouth is watering like you wouldn't believe right now!

  5. Suzanne,

    I am salivating just imagining that cupcake in my mouth.

    By the way, thanks for following my blog. I'm now following you, as well.

    Rebecca G.

  6. I was just looking for a cupcake recipe so my daughter and I have something to do during Spring Break. These look amazing!

  7. My mouth is watering....and I gave up dessert & candy for lent....must make these after Easter!

  8. These look wonderful! I've been experimenting with different cupcake recipes, and this is definitely going on my list!


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